Yakushima Island

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Wander through rare ecosystems with the professionals from Yakushima Experience

Yakushima is a spectacular sub-tropical island located in the southwest of Japan, tucked in between Kyushu and Amami—although much closer to mainland Kagoshima. The ocean flows past in a current that brings warm water from the south, keeping this island warmer than its latitude should allow. This peculiar climate has given rise to a rich ecosystem unlike any other part of Japan. Designated as Japan’s first United Nations World Heritage and Natural Heritage Site, this pristinely preserved ecosystem has more than 1,900 species of flora living in its ancient forests.

Yakushima Experience is ready to help you discover it all. With a decade of experience leading hikes and cycle tours of Yakushima, they are experts. Choose from day hikes, overnight hikes, and cycle tours, all led by English-speaking professionals. Yakushima Experience can even help you source the gear you need to maximize your experience in this spectacular environment.

2402-77 Anbo, Yakushima-cho, Kumage-gun, Kagoshima-ken